We can confirm that Niger-Based Ghanaian midfielder Salifu Okocha is reported to have passed after diving into a pool after a league game.
Salifu Yassana Okocha who plays for Nigerien side SA Fan is believed to have crashed his head on the concrete floor of the swimming pool after diving in it.
Reports are that Salifu Okocha died instantly after diving into a pool while he was with his team mates in Niger.
According to a friend of Okocha Hackman Abraham who confirmed the story, Okocha died instantly after diving in the pool.
Okocha was a member of the Nania FC side that won the MTN FA Cup in 2011 by beating Asante Kotoko in the final.
He also played for Wa All Stars and Tamale Utrecht Academy .
He hails from Sandema, in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
‘Ghana will head to World Cup again in future’ – Asamoah Gyan
Black Stars skipper, Asamoah Gyan, says even though he is disappointed Ghana did not make it to the 2018 World Cup, he is confident the nation will make a return to the tournament in future editions.
Ghana finished 3rd in their qualifying group behind Uganda and Egypt for this year’s World Cup and missed out for the first time after making three straight appearances between 2006 and 2014.
Gyan, in an interview with the BBC, states that the new crop of Black Stars players are capable of taking the nation back to the tournament very soon.
“We went to the World Cup between 2006 and 2014 and so, it seems we are used to going to the tournament. But we did not make it there this time and everyone is gutted at that.
But we are looking to the future because we have quality, young players coming through who also want to participate in the World Cup.
We did not participate but life goes on. We have to stay focused and wish the African teams in Russia well and then see what happens in the future.”
Gyan did not feature in Ghana’s recent friendlies against Japan and Iceland but the expectation is that he will make a return to the team when the 2019 AFCON qualifiers resumes later this year.